Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April 27-29, 2008 Forecast Results

The long-range weather forecasts posted by The Weather Alternative for April 27-29, 2008 took into consideration Mercury's trine to Uranus, and Mercury's square to Neptune. Cool and fair conditions were forecast for the Rockies and Plains between April 27-29 due to Mercury trine Uranus. The Weather Channel map at left for April 28th shows a cold front pushing southward over the Plains.

The National Weather Service on the 28th made the following statement:

The Rockies, however, were experiencing warmer temps.

Mercury's square to Neptune was the basis for the storm system forecast to affect the West Coast between April 28-29.

This Accuweather map shows rain entering the Pacific Northwest on the 28th bringing cool and damp conditions.

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Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian
By Malcolm Moore, Electronic Telegraph

Mikhail Gorbachev, 77, the last communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.
Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr. Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb.
"St. Francis is, for me, the alter Christus, the other Christ," said Mr. Gorbachev. "His story fascinates me and has played a fundamental role in my life," he added.
Mr. Gorbachev’s surprise visit confirmed decades of rumors that, although he was forced to publicly pronounce himself an atheist, he was in fact a Christian.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Summer 2008: The Rockies Part 1

Saturn's astro-meteorological influence is related to the cold blue ray in the solar spectrum. It brings major low pressure systems resulting in cold and wet weather when negatively aspected. Negative aspects include squares, oppositions, and some conjunctions. Under positive aspects like the sextile, trine, and positive conjunctions, lower ranges of temperatures and fair weather are to be expected. Saturn will be a key player in this summer's weather since it appears on the Midheaven at 113 west longitude in the Vernal Equinox chart affecting the Great Basin area and the Rocky Mountains.

Included below are some dates when Saturn is aspected by other planets as well as the most likely weather scenarios that will result from those aspects.

July 7-10
Mars will parallel Saturn on the 7th and conjoin Saturn on the 10th. The Mars-Saturn cojunctions usually result in destructive, windy storms due to the clashing of contrary air masses.

Aug 7-9
Chilly and damp weather develops over the Great Basin and Rockies.

Aug 12-15
The conjunctions and parallels of Mercury and Venus to Saturn will bring a storm system to the Rockies lowering temperatures after its passage.

Aug 25-27
A dose of cold air descends over the West generating a low pressure system over the Great Basin and Rockies.

Aug 29-Sept 4
This six-day stretch features the Sun's parallel and conjunction to Saturn. Lower temperatures are to be expected as a cold air mass moves in over the Rockies resulting in precipitation.

Sept 7-10
Jupiter's trine to Saturn on the 8th will bring cool but fair weather to the Rockies

April Forecasts

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Summer 2008: The West Coast Part 1

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Food Crisis Starts Eclipsing Climate Change Worries
By Josh Gerstein, New York Sun

The campaign against climate change could be set back by the global food crisis, as foreign populations turn against measures to use foodstuffs as substitutes for fossil fuels. With prices for rice, wheat, and corn soaring, food-related unrest has broken out in places such as Haiti, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. Several countries have blocked the export of grain. There is even talk that governments could fall if they cannot bring food costs down. (Read more)

(Inspirational message received from Jesus in prayer:) Calamities can happen anywhere. I want you to always be ready and prepared for whatever comes up. Your primary preparation is of course spiritual. At the same time, there is a time and place to be prepared physically with a survival stock of basic essentials—which could include food, water, and whatever else I show you is necessary. Preparations for survival-type situations, and having some stock of essentials on hand, is not a thing of the past. There will be times when you will find it helpful and even essential, and if it becomes necessary in your situation, you’ll want to be prepared, and not be caught short when it’s too late.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Neptune Warms The West

Neptune's astro-meteorological effect is that of "prevalent southerly air flows." The chart for the Vernal Equinox placed Neptune in an angular position over the western United States. The Weather Alternative, in its long-range weather forecast for April 24-26 stated Venus now sextiles Neptune bringing an increase in temperatures and fair conditions over the western states. Today's Accuweather map at left shows the warming trend beginning to take place fulfilling the long-range forecast.

The Weather Channel has the following to say about the warming trend:

Overall, a ridge of high pressure will build across the Western States into the weekend, allowing for a return to above average temperatures along the Western Coastal States, into the Pacific Northwest.

According to Accuweather: Brilliant sunshine will allow the air to progressively warm into Sunday, the warmest of the upcoming days. Temperatures will crack the century mark Sunday in the deserts of southeastern California and Arizona.

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Summer 2008: The West Coast Part 1

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Pre-death Visions

Here is one example of a pre-death vision that was reported by a nurse who was at the deathbed of a man in his forties:

"He was unsedated, fully conscious, and had a low temperature. He was a rather religious person and believed in life after death. We expected him to die, and he probably did too, as he was asking us to pray for him. In the room where he was lying, there was a staircase leading to the second floor.

Suddenly he exclaimed: 'See, the angels are coming down the stairs. The glass has fallen and broken.' All of us in the room looked toward the staircase where a drinking glass had been placed on one of the steps. As we looked, we saw the glass break into a thousand pieces without any apparent cause. It did not fall; it simply exploded. The angels, of course, we did not see. A happy and peaceful expression came over the patient's face, and the next moment he expired. Even after his death, the serene, peaceful expression remained on his face."

Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children
Amazing Revelations of What It Feels Like to Die
Melvin Morse, M.D.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Midwest Front and Storms

Apr 22
The Weather Alternative, in its long-range forecast for April 22-24, expected cool and breezy weather over the eastern Plains and Mississippi Valley. The above Weather Channel map for April 22nd does indeed show a cold front passing through the eastern Plains and Mississippi Valley, however, cool temperatures were not experienced. Temperatures over the Plains and Midwest, through Thursday, will be 10 to 20 degrees above average according to the Weather Channel.

Breezy conditions have not resulted either. The area has been experiencing showers and some strong thunderstorms.

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Summer 2008: The West Coast Part 1

Introduction to the Weather Alternative

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Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

"There Was A Continuous Rhythm"

Jim is a fifty-year-old supervisor at an aircraft manufacturing plant in Seattle,Washington. He has been married for thirty years and has two children. When he was six years old, he had a bout with scarlet fever that left him critically ill.

One night, as he labored for breath in his room, he felt as though he was slipping away from this life.

"Suddenly, I found myself in a long dark tube, with some strange and different music.There was a continuous rhythm that reminds me of sound you can hear when you place your ear against the mouth of a long pipe.

"I was just flying down this tunnel toward a light. There was something at the end of this tunnel, but I can't really say what it was. I could see my body zooming toward the Light so I know I was out of my body. I was convinced that I was dead, and I really wanted to get to the end of the tunnel to see what the next life held. But I never reached it, and I don't know why.

"The experience had a profound effect upon Jim's life. He feels that it caused him to have a better relationship with both man and God. As he put it: "Even as a wild young man, I always had a strong desire to help others. The experience caused me to have compassion for others, especially those who face death. I have no fear of death, and it is my responsibility to help others who have that fear.

"He feels that the experience brought him to God, even though he insists that this wasn't a religious experience for him. "I just know that there is something greater out there than us because I have experienced it. I realize that others have seen God when they have these experiences. I didn't. I only saw the Light, but that was enough for me."


Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children
Amazing Revelations of What It Feels Like to Die
Melvin Morse, M.D.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Summer 2008: The West Coast Part 1

Mars and Neptune
The Vernal Equinox chart is one of the main charts used to assess weather patterns for the summer season. This coming summer season, which begins on June 20, 2008, brings a powerful Mars-Neptune opposition that falls on the Midheaven/IC of the Vernal Equinox chart over the Pacific Northwest. This opposition is known to induce southerly air flows characterized by tropical moisture. Temperatures and humidity increase, and downfall can be substantial.

Here are a few dates when the opposition is triggered.

June 20-23

The opposition between Mars and Neptune is exact and triggered by the Moon's aspect to both of them on the 23rd. This should coincide with an increase in moisture from southern regions resulting in storm emergencies.

July 11-13

A low pressure area or moisture drawn up from the south generates storms over the Pacific Northwest.

July 31-Aug 2

Venus opposes Neptune on the 31st and by the end of the forecast period the Moon will trigger their opposition. Further west, the Sun-Mercury conjunction takes place at about 140 west longitude on the 29th. These aspects may work together to produce a severe weather system over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures rise and southerly winds preponderate. Downpours may be heavy resulting in flooding.


Aug 6-8
Mercury now opposes Neptune and the First Quarter Moon also affects the Pacific Northwest. More moisture is pumped into the western US resulting in a low pressure area or front that sets off storms. Wind may be a salient feature.

Aug 15-17
The Sun opposes Neptune but the power of this opposition is enhanced by the Sun also being in opposition to the Moon. In other words, the Full Moon of August 16th lands directly on Neptune. The Sun's trigger will unleash the full potential of the Mars-Neptune opposition. (See Link 1 and Link 2) The resulting weather pattern now may be stronger than the previous planetary triggers to this pair.
Expect abundant moisture to pour into the western US region resulting in high temperatures and humidity accompanied by heavy rains.
Tropical storm or hurricane formation may take place in the eastern Pacific at 123 west longitude and 15 north latitude or about 1000 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Around the World

Interesting weather patterns may develop in other areas during the August 15-17 period. In the Vernal Equinox chart, the Mars-Neptune opposition crosses with Mercury over Iran. This trio of planets will also be activated now and may produce some weather anomalies there. I'm not too familiar with weather patterns in Iran but since their summers are usually very hot and Mars-Neptune is known for it's effect of increasing temperatures and humidity this could signify an unusual heat wave. Since Mercury is involved, high winds may figure into the weather picture. A very unusual scenario would be a tropical storm or hurricane hitting the area. While this is not very likely it has happened in recent years.

Another Mars-Neptune-Mercury crossing is found about 450 miles southwest of Ireland in the northeastern Atlantic. This may coincide with a strong low pressure system that heads toward Europe. It's not unusual for the remnants of hurricanes to be blown this way, which may be the case here.

The Mars-Neptune opposition also grazes the east coast of Australia near Brisbane. They may be affected by a winter storm of sorts around this time.

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The Saving Light
In 1986, David Young and his family carried an arsenal of weapons and a bomb into an elementary school in Cokeville, Wyoming. After holding 156 children hostage and threatening to kill them all, Young detonated the bomb, destroying the entire school. None of the children was harmed.

How did this miracle of survival happen?

Many of the children described seeing people of light who directed them to safety before the explosion occurred. Others talked about hearing the voice of an adult who told them where to go to avoid the bomb's blast.

One girl described her experience in detail: "They [the people of light] were standing there above us. There was a mother and a father and a lady holding a tiny baby and a little girl with long hair. There was a family of people. The woman told us that a bomb was going off soon and to listen to our brother. She said to be sure we did what he told us. They were dressed in white, bright like light bulbs, but brighter around the face. The woman made me feel good. I knew she loved me.

"The girl's brother stated: "I didn't see anything. I just heard a voice tell me to find my little sisters and take them over by the window, and keep them there. They were playing with their friends, and they did not want to move. I took them to the window and helped them through.

Another six-year-old child also testified that "a lady told me that a bomb was going to go off soon. She said to go over by the window and hurry out."

Learning from the Near-Death Experiences of Children Amazing Revelations of What It Feels Like to Die -- Melvin Morse, M.D.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Stubborn Cold Shot

18 Snow for Seattle
Originally uploaded by kvp8

A harsh blast of cold air will bring very pronounced cooling to the western states and then push eastward as can be seen from the Accuweather map at left.

This confirms The Weather Alternative's long-range weather forecast for April 18-22. The forecast issued on March 15th stated A series of trines and parallels from both the Sun and Mercury to Saturn will lower temperatures over the Rockies and may trigger precipitation.

Forecasters are expecting near-blizzard conditions over northern Montana and the southern half of the Canadian provinces. The cold will continue through the weekend as another shot of cold air keeps temperatures well below normal into next week.

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Introduction to the Weather Alternative

How Long-Range Forecasts Are Made

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

“We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old.”—Frederick Buechner, cleric

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Forecasts For May 2008

Originally uploaded by kvp8
The forecasts that follow are based on planetary aspects and how they are viewed from Sun's ingress into Aries, which is the main chart for the spring season. The month of May brings us aspects such as Mercury square Saturn, Sun trine Jupiter, and Jupiter sextile Uranus. We also note that Merucy and Neptune will both turn retrograde on May 26th. In the ingress chart these planets are found on the eastern and western sides of the country. Hence at that time the eastern portion of the country will be experiencing "mercurial" weather, which relates to colder and sometimes windier conditions, while the western portion of the country at that time will experience "neptunian" weather. This relates to increased moisture (sometimes extreme) due to southerly air flows.

These forecasts are pretty basic since I have not included information from the lunation charts such as Full Moon and New Moon charts. Nor have I included other charts such as solar and lunar eclipse charts. All of these can add other information that can be useful in formulating forecasts.

May 2-5
Saturn turns direct on May 2nd followed by a square from Mercury to Saturn on May 3rd. Venus parallels Saturn on the 5th. All this infers major storm activity associated with a cold front over the West Coat, Intermountain West, and Rockies.

May 3-5
Mercury is parallel Mars on the 3rd and also square Saturn. This presages a storm system with energetic winds over the Plains.

May 7-8
Windy conditions and precipitation over the Rockies pushing out into the Plains are indicated at this time.

May 10-13
The Sun's sextile to Uranus and its trine to Jupiter should result in fair conditions over the Rockies, which spreads to the Plains and Mississippi Valley.

May 13-15
On the 14th, the Sun will square Neptune over the western US. Warm moist air collides with cold air bring precipitation.

Mercury and Neptune
Originally uploaded by kvp8
May 13-31 Mercury's Influence
Transit Mercury sets up residence over the eastern US by the 13th. The Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast should begin to feel its effects from this time on. Mercury is associated with cooler air masses and windy conditions. On the 13th the Moon will square Mercury propelling some cold air throughout the region.

By the 21st, Mercury will descend along the length of the US east coast. As the Moon opposes Mercury, another good shot of colder air should lower temperatures.

On the 26th, Mercury begins its retrograde motion, which will once again bring cold air spilling into the the region with windy and/or stormy results.

By the 28th, the Moon squares Mercury again. This, coupled with the Sun's parallel to Mercury should trigger colder conditions, wind, and storms from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast from the 28th through the 31st.

May 17-19
Venus sextiles Uranus and trines Jupiter. Fair conditions are expected over the Rockies.
At the same time a cold air mass will trigger storms and windy conditions over the Plains and on into the Mississippi Valley.

May 19-20
Venus' square to Neptune over the western US at 118 west longitude will bring warm moist air resulting in precipitation.

May 20-23
As the Sun parallels Mars, warm air surges northward over the Plains raising temperatures over Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Storms will ensue as the Sun squares Saturn on the 22nd.

May 22-25
The Sun squares Saturn on the 22nd (111 West) while Venus parallels Mars on the 24th. These together should trigger a clashing of cold and warm air masses as represented by Saturn and Mars resulting in storms over the Rockies.

May 25-29
Neptune goes retrograde on the 26th over the West Coast states as the Moon conjoins and parallels it. Neptune pulls moisture up from the south in large quantities. Venus also squares Saturn, which is found over the Rockies and is also triggered by the Moon. A good-sized storm should be the results for the West Coast and Rockies.

May 28-31
A stormy period for the Rockies.

April Forecasts

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Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Better Understanding Of Hurricane Trajectories Learned From Patterns On Soap Bubbles
ScienceDaily (Apr. 15, 2008) — Researchers at the Centre de Physique Moléculaire Optique et Hertzienne (CPMOH) (CNRS/Université Bordeaux (1) and the Université de la Réunion(1) have discovered that vortices created in soap bubbles behave like real cyclones and hurricanes in the atmosphere. Soap bubbles have enabled the researchers to characterize for the first time the random factor that governs the movement and paths of vortices. These results, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, could lead to a better understanding of such increasingly common and often devastating atmospheric phenomena.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Record Highs

A correlation has been observed between the planet Neptune and warm weather. The sextiles formed by the Sun and Mercury to Neptune on April 13th and 14th were the basis for The Weather Alternative's long-range forecast posted in March. The forecast stated:

April 13-15

The Sun and Mercury will sextile Neptune, which will coincide with warm and fair conditions over the western U.S.

Record highs are being set over western portions of the country. Yesterday, a day before my forecast period begins, Los Angeles reached a record high of 91 degrees. Anaheim, CA hit 96 degrees and Eugene, OR warmed to a record high of 84 degrees. The San Joaquin Valley to the southern Sacramento Valley already had unseasonable warmth on Saturday and will be even warmer today.

As can be seen from the Accuweather map at right, record-challenging warmth will continue over the West and Southwest, and move eastward toward the Rockies. Only the Pacific Northwest will experience chilly and wet weather.

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Britain searches for a national motto
By MarkRice-Oxley, The Christian Science Monitor

The French have their "Liberté, égalité, fraternité." The Americans have "In God we trust." Even tiny nations like Antigua and Fiji have stirring calls to nationhood and faith.
Not so Britain. But the government has now launched a quest for a national maxim. The BBC and the Times newspaper jump-started the process by soliciting suggestions on their websites.

"Once Great: Britain," offered one contributor. "Americans who missed the boat," read a second. "At least we’re not French," quipped a third.

Upon first taking office, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that he lived by his high school’s hallowed maxim, "usque conabor" (I will try my utmost).

But one respondent to the Times’ survey turned the joke back on the prime minister by offering a fake Latin motto—"Dipso, fatso, bingo, ASBO, Tesco"—which neatly addresses the country’s contemporary problems with alcohol, obesity, gambling, antisocial youth, and materialism.
A Monitor mini-survey revealed a similarly jaundiced view. "Get blotto, play the lotto, that’s our motto," was the only printable response.

The government says it has plenty of worthwhile suggestions. But clearly Brown will have to "try his utmost" to convince his nation that it’s a worthwhile exercise. As one contributor put it, "We’re British; we don’t do mottos."

Readers of the Times newspaper (London) offered more than 1,000 suggestions for a new national motto. Here is a sampling:
Best before nineteen-thirty-nine.
May contain nuts.
Wallowing in a postcolonial miasma.
We made other countries great.
One nation under the thumb.
Dentistry is not our forte.
Hanging on in quiet desperation.
I want my country back.
No problem left untaxed.
Overpriced, overweight, overcrowded … over.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Trail Of Destruction

Accuweather reports destructive tornadoes and flooding rain in the Mississippi Valley and heavy snow from Colorado to Minnesota. In the celestial realm, the causes are related to the Sun's square to Jupiter, and Mercury's square to Mars; the latter explaining the violence of the storms.

The Weather Alternative issued a forecast for this period (April 9-11, 2008) on March 15th calling for an outbreak of storms...over the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. As Mercury perfects its square to Mars storms and windy conditions are shown for New England.

The Weather Channel map above shows their forecast for tomorrow evening (April 11th) confirming the astro-meteorological forecast for storms over the mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

They further explain that over the Southeast "Some severe thunderstorms and downpours will precede the cold front. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, but hail and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out."

According to the Weather Channel "The windy storm will approach the Northeast Friday and early Saturday and then push well offshore by Sunday. Rain will arrive Friday and continue into Saturday. There may be a few strong thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic Friday night and Saturday morning.

April Forecasts

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"I am quite conscious that my speculations run quite beyond the bounds of true science." Charles Darwin

"Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God. -- Nanoscientist James Tour Rice University

Friday, April 04, 2008

Flood-ravaged Ohio Valley

Mercury's square to retrograde Pluto delivers heavy rain to the eastern United States. The Weather Alternative long-range forecast issued on March 15th explained how this square would affect the area from Michigan southward through Florida between April 2-5. The forecast called for a low-pressure system to center over or pass through the Ohio Valley.

The Weather Channel map at left shows the low pressure area over the Ohio Valley. The forecast also mentioned the possibility of damaging winds, a characteristic trait of Mercury. Accuweather is reporting today that the thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging winds, hail, and drenching downpours.

April Forecasts

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Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Anti Global Warming Skeptics are a Tiny, Tiny Minority, says Gore. However, science is not based on what the majority says but on observation and experimentation. Many popularly held theories were wrong as history attests.

Discover the force of the heavens O Men: once recognised it can be put to use. -- Kepler